Monday, 18 August 2014

- My First Graze Box

I realise I am extremely late to the graze box party but last week I finally jumped on the bandwagon and ordered my first box. When the graze box craze first began, I was tempted to get one but I am a very fussy eater and thought I probably wouldn't like many of the snacks. However, a couple of weeks ago I received a voucher code (I think it was in a magazine) to get my first box free (normally £3.99) so I decided to go for it.

As part of my healthier eating/weight loss journey, I decided to opt for the light box. As the name suggests, the light box contains a selection of their lowest-calorie snacks which are all between 50 and 150 calories each. When I've heard about graze box in the past, I was always under the impression that the snacks you receive are totally at random but, as a fussy eater, I was very impressed at how much control you can have. When ordering, all the products will be selected as 'try' which means you are 'happy to try' this snack and you may be sent it in a future box. If you don't like something you can 'bin' it and they promise never to send you it. You can also select 'send soon' if there's something you really fancy and they will try to put it in your next box where possible. You can also rate products as 'like' (send occasionally) or 'love' (send regularly) and you can decide how often you are sent a box.

1) Herby Bread Basket
"basil baguettes, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers"

2) Toffee Apple
"toffee sauce with granny smith apple" only 74 calories

3) Lightly Toasted Pistachios
"whole pistachios toasted with a little salt"

4) Rough Blend Peanut Butter with Pretzel Sticks
the name says it all really...

Overall, I was very pleased with my first graze box experience. I think it is a great way to try a variety of snacks and is great value (especially as a lot of healthier snacks can be expensive in shops). The website was easy to use, I received my box quickly and it fits through the letter box so you don't have to be in when it is delivered.

Do you receive graze boxes? What's your favourite snack you've tried in one?

Julie x

Monday, 4 August 2014

- Frozen Yogurt Pops

This summer we have had some surprisingly good weather in Scotland (which of course didn't last and I can now hear the rain bouncing off my window as I type). The sunny days made a great excuse for plenty of ice cream but I'm sadly not going to lose weight munching McFlurrys so I wanted to make myself a healthier alternative - Frozen Yogurt Pops.

I decided to use cake pop moulds so that they were a nice small snack size but if you wanted to make them bigger you could always use normal ice lolly moulds that you would normally freeze juice in. I got the cake pop moulds and sticks from Poundland and you can use whatever yogurt you like. Today I went for one tray of Yeo Valley Peach & Apricot and a second of Muller Light Smooth Toffee.

Making these is simple:
- Spoon the yogurt into the bottom half of mould
- Place the top half of the mould on
- Insert the lolly sticks
- Put in the freezer for a few hours

As you can probably tell from the picture below, I filled up the moulds a little bit too much with yogurt so they spilled over the edges when I put the lid on but I'll know for next time!

The cake pop moulds are designed to have cake which will rise into the shape when baked so because I am not doing this the yogurt pops can turn out a bit skew-whiff but they still taste great. I am really pleased with the result and think they are the perfect refreshing snack on a hot day (and with only one ingredient they are also really cheap and easy to make). 

Julie x